Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 26 and counting

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Our Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games ranking is shown as a slideshow starting at No. 50 (click on “next” at the upper or lower right to get started) …

Every day we will have data related to the number of days remaining to kickoff — Texas-San Antonio vs. Arizona — on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. That game is only 26 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 26 is All-Pac-10 safety Dave Liggins (1978-80). He intercepted Pitt’s Dan Marino twice in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl.

Arizona safety Dave Liggins was named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with his two interceptions of Dan Marino in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl (YouTube video capture)

Arizona safety Dave Liggins was named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with his two interceptions of Dan Marino in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl (YouTube video capture)

— No. 26 on this year’s roster belongs to walk-on freshman safety Nick Fadelli of Moraga (Calif.) High School. It was worn by Jourdon Grandon the last four years before he exhausted his eligibility.

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For the third straight year, AllSportsTucson.com presents the Arizona Wildcats’ Top 50 games in the program’s history.

The ranking corresponds to the number of days left to the opening kickoff for the Arizona Wildcats against Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. We are only 26 days from the start of the 2015 football season.

The ranking each year is based on new research and judgments for all games, not just those from last season. This year, four new games join the ranking, including one played more than 50 years ago that — upon further review — deserves Top 50 status. That game was presented at No. 38. The No. 1-ranked game last year may not be the No. 1 this year.

You can view the countdown by clicking on the “next” arrow at the upper or lower right …

— Arizona officially became a pass-oriented offense for the first time in 2007 under Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, averaging a school-record-low 26.7 rushing attempts a game.

Nobody has completed more passes a game than Nick Foles in Arizona history

Nobody has completed more passes a game than Nick Foles in Arizona history

Nick Foles averaged a school-record 26.7 completions per game in his career (933 completions in 35 games).

— Largely because of Art Luppino, Arizona ranked No. 1 in the nation in kickoff return average of 26.1 yards in 1954.

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